Wrist Rotation Drill

Golf Wrist Action Through Contact Zone

There seems to be a common misconception that during the golf swing, many golfers will try to keep their wrists square to the target throughout the swing in an attempt to hit the ball straight. This is hindering the fluid golf swing and preventing the arms and body to move freely through contact. Keeping the wrists square and trying to keep the club face square to the target throughout the golf swing ends up keeping your muscles tense and results in loss of swing speed and more importantly club head speed because of lack of shoulder turn and ultimately inhibits a proper golf club release through the hitting zone.

A drill that I like to do to help free up the wrists and be more relaxed and help train the forearm and wrist muscles is to freely swing my arms and wrists before a practice session. I try to get as relaxed as I can and just let my arms hang and remove all tenseness from my body.

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Now take a club and make your normal grip. Standing straight up, and with your elbows touching your sides, just use your wrists and forearms to bring the club back as if you were starting your backswing, but only go back as far as bringing the club parallel to the ground, with the toe of the club pointing straight up so it’s perpendicular to the ground. Now start the club back through the hitting zone rolling your wrists closed on the way through to the left side ending up with your club parallel to the ground, and again with the toe of your club pointing straight up in the air.

Just continue this same repetition back and through, back and through, like a pendulum. No need to shift any weight in this drill. You can keep your feet flat on the ground and your elbows tight to your sides, and use only your wrists and forearms to engrain the feeling of rolling your wrists over through contact.

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Keep your muscles relaxed and very fluid. Remember, relaxed muscles move faster than tense muscles…that’s a fact. What this drill will do is allow you to get the club closed at impact because halfway between having an open face on the backswing to having a closed face on the follow through, you’ll find that your club is square at the moment of impact. As you roll your wrists over through impact, you’ll be closing the club face down and even if your club isn’t completely closed at impact, the ball may start out slightly to the right, but will begin drawing back to the left because of the constant rolling over of the wrists through contact, causing the club face to close and create hook spin on the ball. For a more detailed explanation and illustration of the importance of this move in your golf swing to create hook spin, have a look at the golf hook page.

This move during the golf swing will not only help fix a golf slice, but it will also help you if you have a tendency to pull the ball. So if you find yourself hitting golf shots that have a tendency to start out to the left and stay that way, you’ve got your club face slightly closed at impact. So a way to combat that will be to employ this swing drill that helps you open the club face on your backswing, so that when you roll the wrists over at impact, you just end up the rolling them to the square position, instead of rolling them to a closed position.

Give this a try next time you’re on the range or warming up. It won’t be an immediate golf slice cure, but it’s one piece of the puzzle that will pay off for you.  
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